2 Weeks in South Coast NSW – Travel Itinerary

South Coast NSW deserves a road trip.

After having recently spent five weeks discovering the south coast for the first time, we usually head north from Sydney, it’s now one of our favourite regions in Australia.

Why a two week itinerary? No reason, you could actually do five like we did and not get bored, but most people generally have a two week period for travel.

From the stunning beaches, to the hinterland, to the hundreds of wild kangaroos hopping around, South Coast NSW is a great alternative to heading north, maybe even better!

2 Nights in Wollongong

Heading south from Sydney, drive through the Royal National Park and make you way down the Grand Pacific Drive, stopping at Bald Head Lookout, the Scarborough Hotel for lunch, then over the Sea Cliff Bridge to Wollongong.

Things to do in Wollongong:

  • Cycle the Wollongong foreshore
  • North Wollongong Beach
  • Nan Tien Temple
  • Science Centre & Planetarium
Bike path Wollongong
Wollongong foreshore

Places to Eat & Drink in Wollongong

Where to Stay in Wollongong:

Wollongong, NSW, Australia
North Beach

2 Nights Kangaroo Valley

Hampden Bridge, Kangaroo Valley, NSW, Australia
Hampden Bridge

Head south from Wollongong and stop at Gerringong for coffee, then lunch at the Great Southern Hotel in Berry.

Kangaroo Valley is as green as Ireland and with the Australian bush and escarpments framing it, it’s really a pretty place to spend a few days.

Things to do in Kangaroo Valley:

  • Historic Hampden Bridge
  • Fitzroy Falls
  • See wild wombats at Bendeela Picnic Area
  • Upper Kangaroo river for a picnic or bbq
  • Cycle (or drive) the Upper Kangaroo River Road

Places to Eat & Drink in Kangaroo Valley:

  • Barrengarry store (famous for pies)
  • The fudge shop
  • The Friendly Inn Hotel
  • Burrawang Village Hotel
Barrengarry store, Kangaroo Valley, Australia
Barrengarry store

Read More: Top 5 things to do in the Southern Highlands

Places to stay in Kangaroo Valley:

Crystal Creek Meadows, Kangaroo Valley
View from the porch at Crystal Creek Meadows

4 Nights Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay is magical and easily one of the best beach destinations in Australia. I have no doubt you will be blown away by the beauty just like I was.

The Jervis Bay area needs most of your attention. 4 nights/3 days at a minimum.

Things to do in Jervis Bay:

Greenfields Beach, South Coast NSW, Australia
Greenfields Beach

Places to Eat & Drink in Jervis Bay:

  • The Husky Pub
  • Husky Bakery & Cafe (famous for pies)
  • Hyams Beach Cafe
  • Picnic or BBQ at any of the Beaches
Husky Pie, Jervis Bay, Australia
Famous Husky Pie

Places to Stay in Jervis Bay:

Green Patch Beach, Jervis Bay, Australia
Green Patch Beach

2 Nights Murramarang National Park

Want to see wild kangaroos on the beach? Come here!

Things to do in Murramarang National Park

Depot Beach, NSW, Australia
Depot Beach

Places to Stay Murramarang National Park:

Kangaroos in Australia
Pretty Beach Cabins

2 Nights Narooma

Narooma is stunning. The scenery is breathtaking and so unique. I don’t think I have ever seen water that colour before in any other place in NSW.

Things to do in Narooma:

  • The Boardwalk (look for stingrays)
  • Bar Beach
  • Bar Lookout
  • 12 km to cycle way to Dalmeny Beach
  • Australia Rock at sunrise
  • Montague Island Nature Reserve (breathtaking wildlife sanctuary)
  • Central Tilba Markets
Boardwalk at Narooma, Australia

Places to Eat & Drink in Narooma:

  • The Quarterdeck (cool cafe and bar on the water)


The Quarterback cafe
The Quarterback cafe

2 Nights Merimbula

We actually stayed in Eden when we visited Merimbula, but don’t stay in Eden. Merimbula is a nicer town.

Things to do in Merimbula:


  • Many hotel accommodation options available with booking.com.
  • For a unique and local experience check out Airbnb. 
The Pinnacles, Ben Boyd National Park, Australia
The Pinnacles

Where is South Coast NSW?

The South Coast NSW region begins just outside of Sydney and stretches from the Royal National Park to Eden.


Have you already been to South Coast NSW? What places would you add to this list?

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